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FRAME-OFF RESTORATION GALLERY

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Let's do a frame-off on a 1965 GTO Hardtop In words and pictures.
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Craig George (mrgto1965@starband.net) shows us the process of restoring his 1965 GTO Hardtop.

1965 Hardtop Frame-off Restoration    Lot 2 of 4.
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CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The floor required replacement.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] View of the floor replacement panels at the rear seat. Lots of welding to put these in.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Craig sends in some updates on the progress of his 1965 GTO restoration. Craig tells us, "Here are some recent pics of the ongoing frame-off restoration of my 1965 GTO 4-speed hardtop. The entire drivetrain has been completely rebuilt and reinstalled in the blasted, reinforced, primed and painted chassis. All brake lines, brake assemblies and fuel system components are new. The bodywork has been done at B & B Sandblasting in Muncie where they will reunite body and chassis. I will then spend the winter reassembling the car with the help of my friends at the Indy GTO Club! This is the last Goat ressurrection I will be able to do because of the on-going complications from Parkinson's Disease."
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] View of the top-side of Craig's primed 1965 GTO body.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Wet sanding the primer. This guy is using a piece of sandpaper and a water hose.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The third coat of color gets sprayed on the dash.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The base instrument cluster panel is painted silver.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The outside of the dash cluster also a coat of turquoise paint.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The front fenders are ready for their final primer coat.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The doors and front fenders are in the paint booth waiting to dry.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Time to install the steering linkages. I bet it's nice to have all that room to do the work. Craig tells us more, "This photo was taken at Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis in October 2004. My younger son David graduated with Honors two months later. He has been helping on the rebuild and is even more annxious than I am to hear the '65 block fire again for the first time in 32 years. It only required an .030 overbore!"
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The wheels are on.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] The fresh 389 engine is sitting on an engine stand in the back of a pickup truck. Craig, on the right, is going to lower the engine into the chassis.
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Lowering the engine onto the motor mounts. Easy does it. Craig adds, "Aren't those Crane roller rockers pretty! Here is where we discover the oil filter won't clear the lower A arm mount. We had to add two washers to all six engine mount bolts AND take the Sawzall and a grinder to the A arm mount. That was nothing compared to cutting, fitting and mounting the headers. Stay tuned!"
CLICK-> 65 GTO Resto [an error occurred while processing this directive] Looks like the car is back at Craig's shop. Craig and two helpers are putting the body back on the frame with a forklift. The forklift has chains on it so it won't tip over onto the car.
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1965 Hardtop Frame-off Restoration    Lot 2 of 4.


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